Friday, April 29, 2016

Summer Kids' Flicks at the Grand Theatre in Slidell

 

Our Frugal Family Travelers like to stay busy over the summer months!  One acticity we certainly enjoy is a trip to the movie theatre.   The Grand Theatre in Slidell offers a series of weekly $4 movies for kids. Take a look at the schedule above and plan to go to the movies with your family this summer! 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

4 Outdoor Jewels in Alabama



Our Frugal Family Travelers love exploring locations on and off the beaten path!  Many times when planning a trip, we look for smaller outdoor gems that may typically be overlooked when traveling to an area/city with a bigger attraction.   Those reading this post who travel with kids know that staying active is the key to a successful trip!  We typically like to combine a big attraction with a small one to provide a variety of adventures when  traveling.  Outdoor gems, like the ones reviewed in this post, can certainly be combined with other family plans to satisfy this need and will also provide lasting memories.

So, whether you are planning an entire trip to Alabama, or just passing through, the 4 locations showcased in the post are worthy of your attention for both the unforgettable scenery and the history!

Note: The following locations are only a short driving distance of one another! 

Moss Rock Preserve 


With its beautiful waterfalls, rock formations and nearly 12 miles of hiking trails to explore, Moss Rock Preserve is a place that tips the travel scale and is certainly one our Frugal Family Travelers plan to visit again! There are 3 trail heads in the preserve, at different locations, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the trail map before departing.  It is important to note that the area is managed and owned by the city of Hoover, so familiarize yourself with the rules before entering.   We arrived at the preserve late in the day and therefore choose to explore the Boulder Field Trail Head for its popularity with the locals.  It did not disappoint!  With a short hike, we experienced beautiful rock formations and with an additional short hike we were able to explore beautiful streams and waterfalls.  The pictures below are certainly worth a thousand words!  





Boulder Canyon Nature Area

Directions: 1221 Montgomery Hwy, Vestivia Hills, AL 35216, Trail entrance is behind the Vestivia Hills Library.  Park in the library parking lot.  You can enter the library and take the trail out of the back of the young adult section of the library or walk around to the back of the library on the outdoor path.

Cost:  Free

Our Frugal Family Travelers stumbled onto this little wonder in Vestivia Hills, AL.    It is an awesome example of how community spirit, local government and the public school system can join forces to create a natural oasis for learning and respite from the fast paced world in which we live.  The nature area encompasses approximately 20 acres owned in part by the elementary school and local government.  The land and trails by the stream were originally cut by the Cub Scouts in the 80's with subsequent scouting groups adding to the trail which now extends behind the AMAZING Vestivia Hills Public Library. Our Frugal Family Travelers highly recommend exploring the trail and then the library!  You may want to bring your own book and read at one of the outdoor benches or by one of the massive boulders you will encounter by the Patton Creek watershed. 



Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

Directions: 12632 Confederate Pkwy, McCalla, AL 35111

Cost:  Adults $2; Children $1; Seniors $1

Hiking, history, cabins, camping and a train all come to mind when recalling our Frugal Family adventure at Tannehill!   Although, we did not stay in the park, it is certainly an option and one on our bucket list when visiting the area again!   Our day here consisted of a picnic by the stream, hiking and exploring the rich history to be found here.  Be sure to visit the Tannehill website for current museum times, train schedules and admission prices!  




Oak Mountain State Park

Directions: 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124

Cost:  Adults $5; Children $2; Seniors $2

Oak Montain State Park is truly a one stop shopping place when traveling.  One could certainly stay here for numerous days!  With clear lakes, boating/fishing opportunities, beautiful mountain biking trails, hiking trails, horseback riding, golf course,  a waterfall and a bird hospital/sanctuary, there is not a reason in the world anyone would ever be bored while visiting Oak Mountain State Park.  Furthermore, the cabins and camping opportunities are amazing!  

This happens to be the second time our Frugal Family Travelers have visited Oak Mountain!  We spent our time during this visit hiking to Pevine Falls as well as touring the bird sanctuary.    Check out our pictures below to capture a glimpse of this jewel! 


Tips:
Hike times vary for those of varying age and skill - factor in extra time.   Never enter a long trail at dusk! Pack a first aid kit, water, bug spray and snacks! Sometimes cell service is limited or unavailable on hiking trails so let someone know when you enter and depart a trail. 


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Saturday, February 13, 2016

3 Hidden Treasures Near Atlanta


It is no secret that Atlanta, GA is a destination filled with immense opportunities for family fun and excitement.  When one thinks of Atlanta, places like Stone Mountain, Six Flags and the Coca Cola Museum immediately come to mind.   However, did you know that just 10-30 minutes from the city center there are 3 beautiful places for outdoor adventure and relaxation?  Our Frugal Family Travelers recently paid a visit to the area and not only enjoyed some of the typical tourist attractions, but also soaked up the nature to be found at the locations reviewed below.

Whether you are planning a winter or summer trip to the area, consider adding one of these places to your list of things to do!  You won't be sorry!


Sweetwater Creek

Directions:  1750 Mt Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122

Nestled in a wooded area just miles from the city, Sweetwater Creek is a Georgia State Park not to be missed. With an amazing hike next to a white water stream and the ruins of an old textile mill, this trek is certain to rejuvenate your spirit.  If you enjoy camping, the newly installed Yurts may be something you and your family investigate.  Fans of the Hunger Games films may recognize the scenery at Sweetwater Creek, as it was featured in the film.



F. D. Roosevelt State Park 

Directions:  2970 GA-190, Pine Mountain, GA 31822


Just a short drive from the city, in Warm Springs, GA, is F. D. Roosevelt State Park.  It is home to some amazing views, cabins, camping and the liberty bell shaped swimming pool created by the Civilian Conservation Corp.  Being that the Pine Miuntain hiking trail is quite expansive, we highly suggest visiting the park office for maps and directions before embarking on an adventure.   There are beautiful waterfalls on the trail but it is important to know on what stretches of the trail these are located! The park rangers give great directions!

Warm Springs is also home to President Roosevelt's "Little White House".   As you may know, he traveled here to take advantage of the warm spring waters for therapeutic polio treatments. His home is open for tours as well as the swimming pool facility where he received therapy.

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

Directions: 2852 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

Another amazing place just a few miles from the city is the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve.  If you are looking for a quick "get-away" while visiting the city of Atlanta, then look no further.    This place features a beautiful waterfall, within a short walking distance from the parking lot.  The hike is very easy for the young and old alike!



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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Hidden Outdoor Treasure in Mississippi



Nestled between Natchez and Brookhaven, MS is Homochitto National Forest.  This outdoor haven is perfect for Frugal Family Travelers who enjoy camping, hiking and mountain biking!  Did you know that Homochitto National Forest is one of 6 National Forests in the state of Mississippi and provides over 1.2 million acres of exploration?  With that being said, our day of exploration was spent in the heart of Homochitto at the Clear Springs Recreational Area.  Clear Springs is situated around a spring fed lake, which was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp. (CCC) in the 1930's.  Adjacent to the lake is a small campground (with water and electricity), pavillion, restrooms, and playground.  In this area you will find several beautiful trails for both the hiking and mountain biking enthusiast.  The map below outlines the trails to be explored with the pictures featuring the 1 mile loop trail directly around the lake area.  Whether, camping, hiking or biking, your Frugal Family Travelers are sure to enjoy this little slice of heaven in Mississippi.  It's a little bit like being in the mountains without the extensive drive to get there! 




Fees/Directions: 

Clear Springs Recrearional Area has an honor box and offers no reservations. Those wanting to park an RV or pop a tent should be aware that the system operates with an honor box and in a first come first serve basis.  Also, there are several bathrooms, near the campground, with showers. 

$20 for developed sites with water and electricity 
$7 for primitive camping
$5 for day use area 

Take caution when using GPS.  It may lead you to the national forest itself but not directly to the Clear Springs area.  Remember, the forest is huge so it is advised to route the GPS to Meadville, MS and then the follow the directions on the picture below.   These will get you there safe and sound!  






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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Eight Pianists? Six Grand Pianos? Free?



PIANOel is an exciting FREE concert event held annually on the Northshore!  

The concert features 8 professional pianists playing 6 grand pianos!  

Frugal Family Travelers have attended this event for several years now and we wouldn't miss it!  Hear your Christmas favorites while starting a new family tradition at PIANOel!  

See the poster for concert details!! 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Geysers in Mississippi?


Geyser Falls  is a themed water park just northwest of Meridian, MS in Choctaw.   Our Frugal Family Travelers enjoy visiting this park when traveling through Mississippi to the mountains.  Sure we have Blue Bayou in Baton Rouge, LA and Gulf Islands in Gulfport, Ms., however, on a smaller scale,  Geyser Falls reminds us of something Disney would create.   When entering the park visitors pass through geysers and streams before entering the main portion of the park with the slides.   Visitors will find an environment well landscaped and an amazing lazy river which traverses through concrete carved walls to resemble something one would find among the geysers in Yellowstone National Park. The park has numerous slides, a nice water area for smaller kids, a wave pool and a beautiful sandy beach attached to a chlorinated pool, complete with cabanas and bridges.   This tropical area is beautiful!   Although, not as large as some other water parks, the beautiful environment and friendly staff make Geyser Falls an overall great experience!

Geyser Falls often offers special discounts but you need to check before you leave home so you can bring the required items for the discount.  While were were visiting,  the park was offering discounted admission for any student with an "A" on on his/her report card.  It was a $15 discount PER child!  A discount of $5 was also offered for anyone who brought in a Pepsi product.   However, this offer could not be combined with the one provided for the report card grade but the adults were able to take advantage of the Pepsi discount. These offers made the trip very reasonable for our Frugal Family Travelers.

Cost:

Check the prices and current offers on the web-site.  Call to find out what incentives and discounts are being offered by checking the pricing link.  Perhaps they are offering something similar to what was mentioned above.  Carefully read the disclaimer on the discount as the discounts we utilized were not available on Saturdays.


Directions: (Click below for Google Map)

Geyser Falls Water Theme Park




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